Victor Valley Marine Corps League Meeting

The January meeting of the Victor Valley Marine Corps League will be held Wednesday January 18th, at 6.30 pm at St. Hillary’s Episcopal Church at 11305 Hesperia Road. Our meetings are fast and efficient. Social time and dinining generally convenes by 8pm at the Desert Barn Brewery across the street. Good Marine humor follows us! For information call 760-550-8083

Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Honored for Achievements

The Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (DVL) Project held its 8th annual Tribute Awards in celebration of Black History Month in a Hollywood Awards format, honoring local individuals for their achievements and service.

“It is our privilege to recognize 10 extraordinary High Desert individuals for their professional accomplishments and community service,” stated DVL Founder, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell.

Mistress of Ceremonies Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” “Better Call Saul,” “Major Crimes”) hosted an afternoon of honor, history and entertainment featuring DVL Lifetime Achievement Honorees Dr. Vincent E. Ajanwachuku and Dr. Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry.

Other 2016 honorees were: Mina Blazy, Principal, Gus Franklin Jr. STEM Academy; Dr. Lakieta L. Emanuel, Chief Clinical Director of HD Speech & Language Center, Inc.; Cedric Evans, Co-

Founder & President, Field Hogz Sports; Alexandra Gessesse, Youth Academic Achievement & Community Service; Thomas & Tamara Lee, President & Vice President High Desert Black Heritage Committee; Vickie Mack, Executive Director, Sterling Solutions; and, Joan Rudder-Ward, MBA, CPP.

A special Tribute Award was given to Nancy Jackson of Southern California Edison for her outstanding service as High Desert Public Affairs Region Manager.

Performances by musician Al Castro, vocalists Janice Freeman and Glenn Dumas; plus an art exhibition; “Finding My Voice…Works spanning 1958 – 2016” showcased the works of local acclaimed artist, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft.

For more information about the DVL organization, programs and events, call (760) 242-2487 or visit

The DVL Project is an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation.

Patsy Cline Tribute Concert Held in Apple Valley

On January 8, country singer Joni Morris performed a tribute to legendary songbird Patsy Cline. The event was held at the High Desert Center for Spiritual Living (HDCSL) in Apple Valley.

With songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” all classic tunes by the late entertainer, Morris captured the hearts of the music lovers in attendance.

Morris hails from Stockton, California and has been singing Cline’s hits on stage for over 25 years.

The event also included a performance by the band, After Midnight as part of this evening of song, stories and homespun comedy.

Morris wore dazzling costumes and shared own special brand of comedy with the audience, hoping that the audience could get to know her personally. She performs at large concert venues, casinos and private events throughout the U.S., presenting Cline’s music in a way that honors the late artist.

Upland-based singer/songwriter/author Lawton Jiles also performed several songs and told stories from his new book, “The Birth of the Bakersfield Sound.” Jiles started out his music career in Buck Owens’ band, and co-wrote several of Cline’s songs.

This is just one tribute artist to perform in a series of concerts being held at HDCSL, following a John Denver tribute held in September with artist Tom Becker. The popular events have been a sell-out and are creating a demand for more high-quality entertainment, according to HDCSL Rev. Valerie Reeves.

HDCSL offers many educational opportunities for life improvement. The center is located at 18575 Corwin Road, Apple Valley. For more information, call (760) 242-2302, or visit

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We cover county-wide news with more of a “positive” spin than other newspapers. Topics generally include economics, business, real estate, infrastructure, education, entertainment, social concerns and opinions.

We don’t believe that our country is “going to hell in a hand basket,” the way mainstream media portrays it.
There are many positive, uplifting events going on in our world and our local communities.

We like to point out the good things that businesses, non-profits and individuals are doing to keep our community a great place to be.

Yes, there are some challenges and situations that arise at times, and our local leaders like County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Congressman Paul Cook work hard to handle these in the right way.

Sometimes there’s what I like to call a “good” fight, such as when big business tries to squash the little guy. That’s why we’ve strived to publish factually accurate information on big solar and wind projects, and smart meters that spew radiation into your home, and were installed without your permission.

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I’ve personally lived here since 1987, moving from the San Francisco Bay Area. People sometimes ask me why I don’t move back there. And, I say “I love it here!” I love the weather, the change of seasons, the beautiful desert skies and sunsets, and the nature and wildlife that we have in our own back yards!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March Held at Victorville City Hall

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held their 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Peace March on the morning of Monday, January 18. This year’s theme was “All Lives Matter, asking people to recognize that everyone is equal.

Several hundred people marched down Civic Drive in Victorville to honor the dream of Dr. King. Participants sang and carried banners, and the scene was reminiscent of the 1963 march on Washington, DC in which Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

A ceremony followed the march, with Frances Lewis acting as master of ceremonies, pastor Larry Brown giving the opening prayer, and a welcome address by Llawanna Carroll, president of the Delta Sigma sorority.

The Academy for Academic Excellence Air Force ROTC Color Guard posted the colors and led the flag salute, and the National Anthem was sung by Rachelle Ellison.

Pastor Randy Ponce of Abundant Living church was the guest speaker, who spoke of compassion and searching for a heart full of grace as Dr. King had dreamed.

Other ceremony participants included sorority members Eloise Gibson and Peggy Moore.

After the march, Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia unveiled two new bronze plaques, recognizing Dr. King and A Philip Randolph, another civil rights leader. The plaques are located at the City of Victorville’s Civil Rights Memorial.

Randolph was selected to be honored with a plaque by 7th grade student and civil rights essay contest winner Reiner Yabut, along with Victor Elemenary School District Superintendent Jan Gonzales. The child was too shy to read the essay, so his mother, Roseanna read it for him.

Rev. Dr. James Munyi of Transformation Multicultural Fellowship said a closing prayer to end the program.

Dance Students Give Holiday Performances for Seniors

A Dancers Pointe Performing Arts Center young dancers brought festive entertainment to several senior residences in December.

Dressed as elves, reindeer and angels, the children performed dance skits at Brookdale and Valley Crest in Apple Valley, and Spring Valley Post Acute and Sterling Inn in Victorville.

Residents and guests at all of the residences enjoyed the cute dancers and had a great time.

A Dancers Pointe is located in Apple Valley and is one of the premier dance schools in the High Desert.